Our second ultrasound workshop site was at a rural hospital outside of Hue, a big contrast to the advanced Central Military Hospital 108 in Ha Noi.
We had been corresponding with Dr. SaLy from Aid to Children without Parents (ACWP) since February to ask for her help in setting up an ultrasound workshop in Hue. Dr. SaLy is a practicing physician at Hue Hospital and a professor in microbiology at a local medical school. She is extremely involved in public health and is very knowledgeable of healthcare in her local community. From her, we learned the need for development of ultrasound training at a rural hospital outside of Hue. Through donations from family and friends, we were able to raise funds during the school year to donate a used ultrasound machine to that hospital following an introductory ultrasound workshop.
On July 28th, our team of UC Irvine medical students along with UC Berkeley’s Volunteers for Medical Outreach (VMO), Dr. SaLy and Co Tran departed from ACWP homestay enroute to Quang Dien Hospital. Quang Dien Hospital is located an hour outside of Hue City, and is the main central hospital in the rural area. Participants in this workshop were doctors from surrounding villages representing their respective hospitals to learn and practice ultrasound.
Upon arrival at Quang Dien, we met with the hospital’s vice-director and participants of the workshop. We introduced ourselves, our ultrasound curriculum, goals and objectives. After doctors watched podcasts by Dr. John Fox at UC Irvine, we started the hands-on learning sessions in cardiac, abdominal, pulmonary, head and neck, and FAST ultrasound. Doctors were very enthusiastic about practicing ultrasound on the handheld Sonosite machines provided by UC Irvine. They were intrigued when we had to change probes when switching from cardiac to abdominal ultrasound. It turns out that though some hospitals had their own ultrasound machines, they only had one probe (the curvilinear) for all ultrasound purposes. Additionally, participating doctors were from various specialties and had different degrees of ultrasound exposure and training. There were a few doctors who work with ultrasound on a daily basis and they were generally well-versed in abdominal scans. However, they had never had the opportunity to learn cardiac, pulmonary, head and neck, and FAST ultrasound. Therefore they were very eager to practice scanning the various windows of the heart, lungs and thyroid.
Following our workshop, we handed over a Sonosite 180 Plus ultrasound unit with four probes to Quang Dien Hospital. We look forward to receiving annual updates on the use of this machine and newly acquired ultrasound skills in clinic regarding number of patients, number of scans and types of scans.